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Journal of No. 118


March 27th, 2013

The Aylesford Skull, by James P. Blaylock @ 02:24 pm

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The Aylesford Skull brings us another steampunky adventure in the life of Langdon St. Ives and his archnemesis Professor Ignacio Narbondo. This time, it's personal.

This is the first novel-length St. Ives story in 20-some years, but provides plenty of the same rip-roaringly implausible quasi-Victorian adventure. Nevertheless, it's certainly not my favorite of them. Arthur Conan Doyle shows up as a minor character for the purpose of... being Arthur Conan Doyle, I suppose. And the ending was not as carefully constructed as most of the solid material leading us there, which leaves the reader (me, at least) on a low note.
 
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From:ladyeuthanasia
Date:March 27th, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
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Have you read THE LIST OF SEVEN by Mark Frost?
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:March 27th, 2013 11:33 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, that's a much more thorough incorporation of Doyle into a story.
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From:ladyeuthanasia
Date:March 28th, 2013 02:24 am (UTC)
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I've asked you about this before, haven't I? :-)
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:March 28th, 2013 04:12 am (UTC)
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Haha, I didn't go searching for it, but I think so!

Journal of No. 118